Britain drafts UNSC resolution expanding Yemen monitor mission

New York (Debriefer)
2019-01-12 | Since 3 Day

Convoy of UN mission tasked with monitoring redeployment

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The UN Security Council is expected to convene this week to vote on a draft resolution presented on Friday by Britain to expand an international monitor mission observing ceasefire in the Yemeni western port city of Hodeida under a deal reached by warring parties in Stockholm.

The resolution would allow for the deployment of 75 monitors in the Houthi-held city and port of Hodeida and ports of Salif and Ras Isa for initial period of 6 months.

The draft calls upon the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to "expeditiously" deploy the international monitors and upon warring parties to comply with Stockholm deal inked last December.

Under the UN new resolution, the mission would be tasked with supporting Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) in overseeing truce all around Hodeida Governorate, forces redeployment and demining acts.

The UN says Hodeida ceasefire that came into effect on 18 December has been generally holding, but there have been obstacles in the way of withdrawing forces of both the internationally recognized government and Houthi rebels as both sides failing to honor their commitments.

UN-brokered talks between Yemeni rivals in Sweden led to a pact allowing for the UN to deploy team of international monitors.

Last December, the UNSC adopted Resolution 2451 authorizing the UN to deploy the monitors and facilitating the Stockholm Agreement application.

As a result, the RCC was formed to monitor Hodeida truce, led by the retired Dutch Major General Patrick Cammaert, who along with 20 others had already arrived in Hodeida. The Committee contains six representatives from both government and rebels.

On Wednesday, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated that up to 20 monitors were there in Hodeida City, that their number depends on status quo on ground, and that Guterres was continuing consultations in this regard with the SC and committed to increasing the number of monitors to the largest possible team.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iran-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi, leaving tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.

The war has pushed the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with more than two thirds of the 28-million population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.

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